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Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry Records

Oil derrick with workers. Prints and Photographs Collection: Oil Scenes I, e_enr_0101.

The Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry project's origins lay in the 1951 gathering of oil pioneers at Beaumont in honor of the Spindletop discovery. At that time, Mrs. Estelle B. Sharp, wife of one of the early Spindletop drillers, began to see the need to gather the recollections of these pioneers before they were lost. Through her contributions and those of others, the project was begun in the summer of 1952 under the auspices of the Archives at The University of Texas.

The collection documents the development of the Texas oil industry from the turn of the century to 1950. It includes 218 taped interviews of oral reminiscences recalled by pioneers in all phases of oil fields and oil booms--roughnecks, drillers, promoters, financiers, contractors, leasemen and law officers. The project was undertaken by sixteen interviewers who recorded on tape the memories of persons who had first-hand knowledge of the history or lore of the early oil industry in Texas.

The interviews were fully transcribed as part of the original project, and each interview on this site is synchronized with its transcript, as well as indexes produced and refined by two generations of UT's Library & Information Science students.

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Allen W. Hamill Interview [part 1 of 4]
Source:Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry Records
Reel 84a: Hamill discusses Spindletop and the Lucas Gusher
Allen W. Hamill Interview [part 2 of 4]
Source:Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry Records
Reel 84b: Hamill discusses Spindletop and the Lucas Gusher
Allen W. Hamill Interview [part 3 of 4]
Source:Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry Records
Reel 85c: Hamill discusses Spindletop and the Lucas Gusher
Allen W. Hamill Interview [part 4 of 4]
Source:Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry Records
Reel 85d: Hamill discusses Spindletop and the Lucas Gusher
C.G. Hamill Interview [part 1 of 5]
Source:Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry Records
Reel 16a: Hamill discussing Kerrville, sulphur gas, yellow fever, and his brother Jim Hamill
C.G. Hamill Interview [part 2 of 5]
Source:Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry Records
Reel 16b: Hamill continuing his discussion of oil industry experiences, including drill collars, Mr. Sharp, mud machines, and Spindletop.  Note: the source tape was in poor condition at the time of digitization.
C.G. Hamill Interview [part 3 of 5]
Source:Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry Records
Reel 17c: Hamill continuing his discussion of the Big Thicket
C.G. Hamill Interview [part 4 of 5]
Source:Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry Records
Reel 17d: Hamill continuing his discussion of the Big Thicket
Clint Wood Interview [part 1 of 2]
Source:Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry Records
Reel 59a: Wood discussing the Sharp Brothers, the founding of the Humble Oil Company, and other oil industry topics
Clint Wood Interview [part 2 of 2]
Source:Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry Records
Reel 59b: Wood continuing his discussion of his experiences in the oil industry, including injuries on the oil field